ILAC and the CGIAR Research Program (CRP) on Roots, Tubers and Banana (RTB) have engaged in a partnership to develop a project called "Partnerships and Knowledge Sharing for Innovation in Roots, Tubers and Banana Research for Development".
Through the study of a network called "CIALCA", the project will support priority setting and exploration of new models of research and partnerships in the RTB CRP by
- analyzing the evolution and current state of its partnerships and research routines;
- identifying actions that can increase its contribution to the SLOs; and
- exploring strategies that can facilitate knowledge sharing, capacity development and collective learning in the partnership.
By interacting closely with researchers and coordination of the MUSA network, the project will foster buy-in and utilization of its results, which are also expected to be useful for the RTB and other CRPs.
During the First Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD) in March, 2010, a very important point, among others, was raised. The "need to map the different capabilities of different partners to strengthen (cross-sector) partnerships".
A quick interaction with colleagues in the area of knowledge management brought a series of interesting views to the topic:
- - application of stakeholder analysis (Stakeholder analysis guidelines by Kammi Schmeer http://new.paho.org/hss/documents/policytoolkitforstrengtheninghealthsec...)
- - qualitative mapping approach (http://netmap.wordpress.com)
What are your views/experience with methods/tools for mapping partners capabilities? Share your thoughts here.
A two-day workshop, held in Nairobi, Kenya on February 3-4 2010 brought together key stakeholders representing NGOs, the private and public sector, policy bodies, research bodies, and donor organisations in order to stimulate dialogue and increase understanding of how to connect agricultural research with development through partnerships including current challenges, good practice cases, and an action agenda for the way forward.
For more information, visit the workshop website http://www.cgiar-ilac.org/workshop/wip